Tools of the Trade

DS Odds & Ends

Just a quick post today to talk about three new products that may seem a little strange, but have become new favorites of mine!

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Face Secrets Shade Switch Cosmetic Brush Shade Remover

A long name for a very cool tool! To be perfectly honest, I only clean my makeup brushes about once every two weeks. When I saw this odd looking black sponge thingy that switches shades I jumped at the chance and ordered it. Basically, when you’re ready for a new shade you just wipe the tip of your brush on the black sponge and it removes the color. I didn’t believe it until I used it for myself. A couple of swipes back and forth and my eyeshadow brush was ready for another color! The white sponge in the middle can be wet and used for wet eyeshadow applicators. A life and time saver that truly works. And it’s only $3.99!

Shiseido Facial Cotton

I’ll admit that $5 for 40 cotton pads had me scratching my head. But I took the advice of several Sephora cast members and purchased them anyway. These are an extremely soft, gentle way to to apply any liquid skin care product. They do not leave any fibers on your face like cotton balls and I feel that they make my products work more efficiently, especially my Clinique Clarifying Lotion. I only need one of cotton pad, instead of the two or three cotton balls, and my entire face is covered.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Anytime my skin is looking old, rough, tired or boring I reach for this. I use this luxurious feeling spray as a moisturizer and primer. For me it’s best on dry skin. It has a super fine sprayer, so I only need about 2 sprays for my face. It is also labeled as a setting spray, but I don’t like the way it sits on top of my makeup. The 12ml size is $20 and it will last me quite a while.

Three exciting, innovative products for under $30!! Beat that you can’t!!

www.sallybeauty.com

www.sephora.com

 

 

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New Brand Discovery: Heroes Beauty

In the beginning of 2017, I was extremely lucky to have won an incredible IG giveaway that the beautiful and hilarious @stevie.cakes was gracious enough to sponsor. There was an awesome array of products and I literally had to pick myself up off the floor when I found out I won! I anxiously awaited my goodies and, after going through the box of fabulousness, there were four products in particular that stood out.  I had never heard Heroes Beauty before . I was now the very proud owner of a new lip liner, lip gloss, blush and quite possibly the most outrageous, professional set of cosmetic brushes I’d ever seen or used in my life.  I decided to check out their website www.heroesbeauty.com to find out a little more. They have a full line of face, body, eyes, lips, cheeks and brushes. Plus a really neat sample size of foundations and primer that you can get for $1 – 3. All products are made in the USA, ship free with in the USA and best yet, NO ANIMAL TESTING!!!  Could it get any better? Yep — they donate 5% of their annual profits to “Heroes”:  veterans, abused women, foster children and other national and local charities. I was already in love with the company but what about the actual products?

OMGosh YES!! I received the blush in the color Bashful, a versatile peach color that I can wear with both warm and cool toned looks. I was very surprised that this color did not turn orange on me, as most peach tones tend to do on my pale skin with a lot of redness in it. It was highly pigmented, no glimmer or shimmer, just a perfect shade. If summer was a color, this would be it!

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Champagne lip gloss over my own coral lipstick, and Bashful blush.

The lip pencil is in the shade Rosebud, which is almost a dupe for my all-time favorite lip liner from Clinique in the shade Cocoa Rose. Rosebud shows up on me as a neural rose color that I can use with my nudes, neutrals, pinks and roses. I’ve yet to try it with my reds but I have a sneaking suspicion that it would work. It’s very creamy, long lasting, glides very easy and I’ve yet to make a mistake lining my lips, which I still tend to do after all these years. (My top lip is very misshapen but I’ll never admit that to anyone….). It’s wonderful to completely fill in your lips as it’s non drying.

My lip gloss shade is Champagne, which is a 90% dupe for my MAC Lipglass in C Thru. It’s a gorgeous champagne peach color, which has the most adorable iridescent sheen on me. It’s beautiful by itself or on top of the Rosebud liner.  But I guarantee you that if you have a drawer full of unused lipsticks you don’t wear, put this gloss on top of them and you now have an entire new wardrobe of colors. The formula is non sticky, non-goopey and feels nice when you are wearing it. If happiness was a color, this would be it!

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Champagne lip gloss and Bashful blush

The true star of this remarkable show is the 18 piece brush set. I’m obsessed with any kind of brush, high end, low end you name it. Working for Estee Lauder and Lancome spoiled me, as I got used to working with some pretty excellent tools. But I have never found my perfect foundation or lip brush until now. The foundation brush just lays down the product and blends it out perfectly. No streaking whatsoever! And the lip brush has the most perfect tip so I can finally line my lips to perfection with a liquid lipstick! There is a blush, powder, contour, fan, stipple, eyeliner, concealer, lash comb, spoolie, crease and different sizes of eye shadow brushes. Maybe the neatest is an eye shadow applicator brush with additional, removable sponge tip applicators. They are easy to wash, don’t lose hairs and you will honestly notice a huge difference on how much nicer your makeup goes on! The black roll up case has a space for each individual brush to call home. Grade A brushes these are!brushes

This may be my first post where the Dark Side Diva didn’t have a single negative thing to report, except that I don’t have enough of these products in my life! It was such a wonderful surprise winning Stevie’s giveaway, but to receive such beautiful, professional products was just too much! So do I recommend Heroes Beauty? Absolutely 100% I do! RUN, don’t walk and check out a beauty brand with one of the biggest hearts you’ll find!